By Jack Barnes
Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself?
Timi: I was born in Finland on the 29th of January, 1994, in a very small town called Somero. Initially growing up as a slightly eccentric, lonely kid, I quickly got hooked on singing and performing, imitating my favourites for hours and hours with the help of a crappy phone recorder. I ended up playing in various different bands, ultimately realizing how much I loved doing most of the work solo. After living in various Finnish cities for years, I made my lifelong dream come true with two friends from an electropop band Syna, moving to London as a group. Since then, I’ve been studying music at Goldsmiths, working steadily to make my career a reality…
Getmybuzzup: How long have you been in the music industry?
Timi: I’ve played with smaller bands for years, as well as doing various production jobs on the side as a hobby. I started taking my career prospects more seriously about a year or two ago.
Getmybuzzup: How did you get started in the first place?
Timi: I played piano as a very young kid, before discovering my gift for singing. My second band didn’t have anyone else willing to sing so I accepted the challenge and quickly started working more intensely on my voice. As a teenager, I took guitar lessons for a year or two and also started a Youtube channel dedicated to researching popular music singers and their voices, simply for fun. I had a point in my life where I was working on its content rather intensely, as it became very popular after a while: I believe I learned a lot about using my own voice from all those years of upholding that channel, funnily enough.
Getmybuzzup: How would you describe your sound?
Timi: My debut album is an amalgamation of alternative rock, hip hop and R&B production, lo-fi and skits, with the focus on my melodic singing styles. I’ve always loved the unique combo of a raw, powerful vocal combined with the sound of an 808.
Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?
Timi: Kanye West for his constant re-inventions and passion, Kurt Cobain for what he did to indie bands and artists with his influence. Chris Cornell showed me it’s possible for an artist to age gracefully, whereas Richard D. James threw all the conventions out of the window whenever he felt like it. A lot of hip hop stars inspire me greatly right now, the genre is doing so well.
Getmybuzzup: What are you currently working on?
Timi: I’m currently writing my second album. For its aesthetic I’m aiming for more a polished sound that knits together hip hop and rock in an unpredictable way. I’m simultaneously working on me and my friend Tomi’s pop duo Morceau, as well as handling the promotion of my friends’ band in Finland for the time being. The uni life currently takes most of my time so it’s all about good planning.
Getmybuzzup: What is the concept behind your latest project?
Timi: The album is a collection of songs I wrote while still living in Finland. It was inspired by me and my friends’ different life situations as well as the political climate all across the world. The record goes through the varying emotions involved, sort of like a glimpse to our daily lives and feelings. I love a bit of mystery and it definitely shows throughout the album.
Getmybuzzup: Any plans on touring to promote your latest project?
Timi: I do small live appearances here and there (usually by myself, with a guitar) but I’m honestly still finding out how to conduct live performances the way I’d like to because I love the electronic aesthetic.
Getmybuzzup: What did you buy with your first check off music?
Timi: Probably food, hahaha!
Getmybuzzup: What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?
Timi: The platitude ’be yourself’ is a platitude for a reason. There’s probably millions of Ed Sheeran clones out there right now, yet only the original will ultimately be remembered.
Getmybuzzup: Will you be collaborating with any other artists on this project or in the future?
Timi: I really want to! I’m up for collaborations of any kind whenever I have time so that’s definitely something to consider. Hit me up, fellow artists.
Getmybuzzup: Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
Timi: I would say that my debut album works the best as a full listen, and the varying productions will probably stand out the most throughout a listen.
Getmybuzzup: What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc..)
Timi: I need to properly figure out the technicalities of my live performing. I also want to keep on improving as a producer, a singer and a writer, and I really want to learn how to do great freestyles.
Getmybuzzup: What’s your all-time favorite song?
Timi: That’s a tricky question! I think Temple of the Dog’s ”All Night Thing” has remained a very important piece of music to me over the last few years, but Kendrick’s great ”a.d.h.d.” certainly comes close.
Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
Timi: I think Post Malone is currently doing the rock + rap thing in an exciting way, plus is obviously topping the charts as we speak. I wish him only the best, the guy seems so kind and genuine.
Getmybuzzup: Who have been some of your favorite artists that you’ve been able to work with?
Timi: My friends from various backgrounds, they’ve all been a huge influence on me. My friend Tomi is certainly a notable name to mention, as his high-flying productions always impress me greatly.
Getmybuzzup: How do you feel about the current state of music?
Timi: I could hold a long essay on this topic… Summa summarum, I think right now music is doing better than ever, and there’s endless opportunities for DIY artists with a vision. I can’t wait to see what the future brings.
Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as far as music?
Timi: I want to keep on reinventing myself in exciting ways, and to influence other people. Live performance-wise, I want the shows to be sexy and frantic, sort of like combining the best bits of R&B and punk. I want to electrify the crowds.
Getmybuzzup: Who would you say your music relates to the most?
Timi: Most likely to somebody who is a tad cynical yet also adventurous… To people who look for a thrill and some mystery.
Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)
Timi: I’m able to do basically everything by myself, plus my voice is unique and versatile. Some of mu friends think I’m an alien in a human form so I guess that counts as well hahaha!
Getmybuzzup: When your not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
Timi: I love going to the gym, following the global politics (basically masochism), reading on psychopathy, listening to music (duh)… Sexy time.
Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any producer who would it be?
Timi: Skipping the obvious one (Kanye), I’d like to work with either Sounwave or Pharrell. Or, damn, Rick Rubin, I love his musical philosophy!
Getmybuzzup: What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?
Timi: Being alive. 😐
Getmybuzzup: Which artist’s music are you currently a fan of?
Timi: I swear there’s so many of them that mentioning just one would feel like a crime. What Night Lovell is doing right now is so good.
Getmybuzzup: When performing live what are some of the things you do to get the crowd involved?
Getmybuzzup: When performing and the crowd is singing along how does that energy make you feel?
Timi: At home.
Getmybuzzup: What can we expect from you in the future?
Timi: Loads of releases and collaborations!
Getmybuzzup: Anything else you wanna add?
Timi: Listen to ”Sixteen” and don’t tell me Andre ain’t the GOAT.
Getmybuzzup: Where can the fans check out for your music?
Timi: My music can mainly be found on Spotify, Soundcloud and Bandcamp! Keep in touch xoxo
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